Two major issues which marred Eid al-Fitr prayers in Egypt last year were notably absent from this year’s prayers.
The Egyptian countryside is the basis of Egyptian society and the origins of the Egyptian people.Abdel Latif el-Menawy
Egypt is a country consisting of more than 5,000 villages where tens of millions of people live. Concern for the countryside will be a decisive factor in the country’s future. A friend of mine who investigates the affairs of Islamist groups noted a few months ago that the threat, back then, did not lie in the Brotherhood’s power but rather in the influence of extremist Islamist groups. They are here preparing a new generation of extremists as they focus on recruiting young men. Such groups are still widespread and this is a phenomenon that needs to be addressed in order to protect the future.